Colin Read is a filmmaker based in New York City.

Coming from a narrative fiction background, he obtained his MFA in creative writing at NYU before jumping fully into the world of skateboard filmmaking. While working as a touring videographer and editor for magazines and companies, he meanwhile directed several full-length independent skateboarding films. His films “Tengu: God of Mischief” (2013) and “Spirit Quest” (2016) both landed Best-of-the-Year awards throughout the skateboarding media landscape; the sensation around “Spirit Quest” attracted attention outside of skating, leading to fresh commercial work. He has since directed pieces for Radiohead, Alice Phoebe Lou, Converse, Viceland, and more.

His work has been screened by venues including MoMA, the Hammer Museum, the Berlin Music Video Film Festival, and Mimpi Film Fest, and has been awarded multiple Vimeo Staff Picks. He has been interviewed about his work by Vice, Transworld Skateboarding, Booooooom, Director’s Notes, and No Film School, and has had his projects featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Gothamist, and others.

Colin is in development for his debut narrative feature film, and is planning other narrative projects.


1.4 Awards 2019 - Highly Commended Showcase, On the Cusp of Greatness [Alice Phoebe Lou - Skin Crawl]

Kinsale Sharks 2019 - Shortlist, Best Alternative Video [Alice Phoebe Lou - Skin Crawl]

Promax Awards 2019 - Silver, Brand Image Promo Campaign [Viceland]

Berlin MVAs 2019 - Bronze, Best Concept [Alice Phoebe Lou - Skin Crawl]

Mimpi Film Festival 2018 - Mimpi Award [solos]

Girl Films/Spike Jonze Short Film Contest 2018 - Grand Prize [solos]

Connect the Dots 2017 - Grand Prize [solos]

Mimpi Film Festival 2016 - Grand Prix [Spirit Quest]

Mimpi Film Festival 2016 - Best Foreign Film [Spirit Quest]

The Skateboard Mag Awards 2016 - Independent Film of the Year [Spirit Quest]

Transworld Skateboarding Awards 2016 - Independent Film of the Year [Spirit Quest]

Vladimir Film Festival 2016 - Headlining Film [Spirit Quest]

Mimpi Film Festival 2013 - Grand Prix [Tengu: God of Mischief]

The Skateboard Mag Awards 2013 - Independent Film of the Year [Spirit Quest]

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